Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh and West Indies fighting for position
Eight-ranked Bangladesh is set to take on ninth-ranked West Indies in a Group B match at the Cricket World Cup at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh on March 4th. West Indies sits fourth in the group with Bangladesh in sixth place. Each team has a win and a loss, making this a huge game if they want to climb up the standings. The two teams have played each other 16 times with West Indies leading the series 11 to three with two games as no result.
Bangladesh lost to India by 87 runs in the tournament opener and then went on to beat Ireland in a close game by 27 runs. West Indies lost to South Africa by seven wickets in their first match before beating the Netherlands by 215 runs.
Each team has a game against one of the minnows after this one as Bangladesh will take on the Netherlands while West Indies still play Ireland. However, after Ireland’s win over England on March 2nd, they could very well be a tough team to face.
Whoever loses this match might have a tough time winning three group games. This makes the game all the more important if these teams are to make it to the next stage of the World Cup. Bangladesh definitely has an advantage by playing the game at home. At Bodog they offer in-play live betting for this and many other games sign up here to bet now.
West Indies is fairly strong in the batting department, but it’s not clear if their bowling will stand up to Bangladesh. They’ll be depending on Chris Gayle as a source of runs and also need big games out of Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard. They’ll need as many runs as possible if their bowlers aren’t up to par. We might see more pace bowling out of the West Indies and Andre Russell could possibly get the call for the game to replace Nikita Miller.
It’s doubtful that Bangladesh will make any changes to their line-up for this match. Their bowlers played well against Ireland allowing just 178 runs. Bowler Abdur Razzaq will be depended on for a big game as well as Shakib al Hasan. At bat, Bangladesh will be looking for Tamim Iqbal to put some runs on the board along with the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim, and Imrul Kayes.
The likely teams will be:
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan (c) Raquibul Hasan, Mushfigur Rahim (wk), Naeem Islam, Shafiul Islam, Abdur Razzak, and Rubel Hosain
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Devon Smith, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas (wk), Darren Sammy (c), Sulieman Benn, Devendra Bishoo, and Kemar Roach.
This is another game that could go either way, but being at home should be the difference here and Bangladesh should pull out a win.
Sportsbook Bodog.com has West Indies favoured with odds of them winning at 2/5 while Bangladesh is listed at 7/4.